Joomla! has been climbing the ladder of popularity in the past few years, and a natural consequence was the development of specialized extensions that would render the platform functional for all the necessary activities – one of these being e-commerce.
As more and more such extensions have appeared and matured, we present here some of the latest for 2012, and the most capable to spark interest.
Automatic sync of the Joomla! shopping cart and the Ebay platform is something desired by great deal of shoppers and e-store owners, and this is exactly what JoomLister does. Besides, it is the only native component to achieve this.
You can now manage your Ebay listings right on the Joomla! Platform, which saves you from a lot of effort of constantly updating, transferring and doubling. Easy and smart, JoomLister will improve your business in a fabulous way, especially when you have plenty of items to sell. May 2012 brings along the 2.0 version. For Joomla 1.5.x and VirtueMart v1.1.6 to 1.1.9 there is the v1.0.
2. OSE VirtueMart BeanStream
This standard payment module requires Joomla! 2.5 or higher. If you are registered to BeanStream, you may use it right away by entering your merchant ID, username and password.
3. JO Virtuemart Slideshow
From the Virtuemart-connected series comes another extension, this one dealing with displaying slideshows of your products hosted in VM 2.0. It works with most Joomla! versions and is easy customizable to fit within your website.
This complete extension for Joomla! E-commerce was created from scratch and has the potential to adapt according to the template used, being an easy subject to modification. It is the perfect solution for a commercial site admin.
There are two distinct sets of features available – one can choose either the Community version or the Enterprise. To see what differentiates these, check the link provided below. Another great thing about Tienda is that you can download the Community version for free. If hosting specifications are respected, the extensions works just fine and Tienda is an easy product to understand.
5. VM Reward for Virtuemart
The Gimlag Reward System was the first one of the kind to serve Virtuemart and Joomla, and was greatly needed by the users. Set up the rewards system - how these are generated, the amount needed so than an order benefits of a reward, the percentage gained by the customer and so on.
Also, it is possible to set awards for those clients who bring their friends as well. The extension creates a unique code for each different customer that registers and takes care of all the mentioned aspects.
When Userlike is embedded within your website, a live chat system lets you cater to your visitors, which can be decisive for their future status. A Userlike account is required prior to installation, and activation through the secret key found within the Module settings.
Creating invoices is compulsory for a significant range of businesses and, even if it's not for yours, it is the best to have these to send to your clients. The extension works for your e-store, as well as for a regular store for invoice creation and management.
Clients who have purchased online from you will receive the file in their email inbox. At the same time, the admin can operate discounts, taxes and so on, to be added automatically to the invoice. It is an independent application, and supports custom logos, templates, various currencies and languages.
For the HikaShope e-commerce solution there's a module that assigns a unique file, license key or serial number to each item stored through the HikaShop.
9. JS Autoz
As the title suggests, this e-commerce Joomla! extension was designed for car dealerships. If you manage one online, then you can enhance your presence and draw new customers to your business by installing JS Autoz. The best features are the possibility to upload multiple images with ease, create thumbnails, add meta description tags and meta keywords for each car, get statistics, and add unlimited custom fields.
10. Virtuemart2 Statistics
For those who own a Virtuemart2 webshop, this handy module inserts its statistics into their Joomla! Site, showing products, available products (in stock), categories, review and ratings, customers, and orders.
11. BIT Virtuemart Most Popular
Knowing what are the most popular items within a webshop is good information for both the owner and the client. By installing this module you get to view the click count and sales figures, and also calculate these according to various categories and combinations.
12. Netbase VM Statistic Module
For more statistics and better tracking, get this module to display overviews of your Virtue mart e-store on Joomla!. Unnecessary categories can be turned off by the admin. Total Sale and Recent Purchase categories are available.
If you need your Joomla! site to be enabled to send transaction emails, this plugin is the solution at hand. As you install it, provide the API key and enable it, the plugin manages all emails concerning the users' registrations, password reset actions and so on. Also, it helps you track the users' response to emails and provides comprehensive visual reports.
14. VM – Payment, 2Checkout
This is a simple, easy to use module by which you take online payments with 2Checkout in a fast and secure manner. It is compatible with Virtuemart 2.0.2 and Joomla 1.5 / 1.6 / 1.7 & 2.5.